Today’s segment is courtesy of a friend who sent it to me and I’m passing it on to you. The title is: How Old is Grandma?

One night a boy was talking to his grandmother about current events and he asked her what she thought about school shootings, all the political fighting, the computer age and just things in general.

The grandmother replied, "well let me think a minute. I was born before TV, penicillin, frozen goods, contact lenses, Frisbees and the pill plus apple was only a fruit. There were no credit cards, pantyhose, air conditioners, dishwashers or clothes dryers. You hung your clothes in the fresh air and man had yet to walk on the moon.

"Your grandfather and I got married first and then lived together. Every family had a mother and a father. Until I was 25 I called every man older than I 'Sir.' We were before computer-dating, dual careers, day-care centers and group therapy. Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgement and common sense. We were taught the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions. Serving your country was a privilege and living in this country was even a bigger one.

"Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins. Time-sharing meant time the family spent together at night and on weekends…not purchasing condos. We never heard of FM radios, CD’s, DVR’s, yogurt or guys wearing earrings. Our family listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny and the President’s speeches on our radios and I don’t remember anyone blowing their brains out over the music of Tommy Dorsey.

"Pizza Hit, McDonald’s and instant coffee were unheard of. We had 5 & 10-cent stores where you could actually but things for five and ten cents. Ice cream cones, phone calls and a Pepsi were all a nickel. You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600, but who could afford one? Too bad because gas was just 11 cents a gallon. In my day, “grass” was something you mowed, “Coke” was a cold drink, “pot” was something you mother cooked in and “aids” were helpers in the principal’s office. No wonder people call us “old and confused” and say there is a generation gap."

After hearing all of this how old do you think grandma is? Well she’ll turn 72 next month as she was born in 1946.

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